Portland will go it alone with General Assistance for asylum seekers. What will that mean?

With services over and parishioners filing out, Ornella Igirubunto, 19, remains in her pew, praying on Sunday morning in Portland. Fleeing violence in Burundi, Igirubuntu and her brother arrived in the city last fall knowing no one. The General Assistance program has allowed them to survive and go to Deering High School. (BDN photo by Troy R. Bennett)

The Portland City Council narrowly voted early this morning to go it alone and continue providing General Assistance welfare payments to current asylum seekers without help from the state, the city confirmed today. To recap what’s now been a yearlong dispute, Gov. Paul LePage threatened to withhold state General Assistance reimbursements from municipalities using that money […]

Portland podcaster, ‘voice of a generation’ explains 5 things you didn’t know about becoming ‘Internet famous’

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(Contributed photos above from Ben Severance) Less than five months into Megan Tan’s foray into podcasting, she’s captured the hearts of thousands of listeners and the rapt attention of new media critics. The 24-year-old Portland resident has been called “the voice of a generation” by podcast analysis site The Timbre as well as “insightful” and “consistently engaging” […]

AARP: Portland, South Portland among the best cities for folks over 50 to make new friends

Class instructor Joe Mizda (left) helps Flow Hawkes with uploading her photos to her Facebook account during a class to help senior citizens with social media and computers Thursday at the Hammond Street Senior Center in Bangor.  (BDN photo by Ashley L. Conti)

The AARP — formerly known by the spelled out American Association of Retired Persons — issued its new livability index Monday, rating the country’s cities on a variety of metrics important to the group’s age 50-plus clientele. The two neighboring cities of Portland and South Portland shined particularly bright, according to the AARP, in its analysis […]